Lopburi - Second Ruins

Trip Start Nov 08, 2006
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Saturday, November 25, 2006

When we got to the second set of ruins (which are just across the street from the first) we still thought the monkeys were the coolest thing on the planet. The second site was less touristed. I can only assume the 80 cent entry fee is what keeps people away. But the ruins were much cooler and the monkeys more plentiful. We even saw the leader - a very large, blind, scarred beast we had read about in our guide book. There were a couple hundred monkeys around the wat: in the grass, on the roof of the wat, on the Buddha statue, climbing on a little boy. They were all over and we wanted to hang out with them forever.

We went photo happy for an hour or so. Then we started feeding them sunflower seeds we were sold so they would be our friends. They loved us. But we were still a little hesitant to get too close. Monkeys have sharp teeth and claws and they smell like a mix between a wet dog and singed eyebrows.

Eventually we gained confidence and played with the monkeys a little. At the entrance we were given small walking sticks that we thought could also be used to keep the monkeys at bay if they got a little aggressive. But it didn't work like that because they love the sticks. They run up and grab on and like to play tug-of-war. Then two monkeys climbed on to the stick I was carrying and would not let go. So I swung it around a little. They loved it. So I started spinning and the monkeys were having a great time. Lindsey was recording the fun with my digital camera. It was fantastic. But it turns out the monkeys I was playing with were juveniles. An older, larger, smellier monkey approached angrily. I didn't notice this, but I've seen in on the video since. Well as the monkey approached unhappily, I further angered it by actually hitting it with the monkeys I was swinging, using them as some sort of mace. The large monkey lost it and attacked just as Lindsey screamed, "Look Out!!" I saw the charging monkey, let go of the stick, sending the little monkeys flying through the air like stinky projectiles, and ran for my life. Then all the monkeys were angry. They were screaming and racing toward me. They were everywhere, coming from all sides. Dozens of them. Even the blind monkey was after me, I assume following the smell of fear and the trail of urine I left behind me. I finally outdistanced them and they decided they had sufficiently humiliated me, and left laughing and pointing at me. I heard Lindsey calling and asking me if I was okay. I realized I had abandoned her, I can only assume hoping they would go after the smaller, slower prey. But she was fine and caught the whole thing on film. Once she found out that I was alive and hadn't been seriously injured, she decided the incident was the funniest thing she had ever seen. I disagreed. I still do. Which is why I have refused to upload the video that chronicles my shame.

I was no longer in love with monkeys. Maybe tomorrow would be a better day.
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auntie_bev
auntie_bev on

monkey business
I demand the video!!

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